Even though I got my hoop about a week ago, Friday was the first time I had a chance to pick it up after being out of town. The first time I tried to get the hoop going, it fell flat to my feet. I haven't used a hoop since those really cheap ones kids use, and I was only about 8 yrs old. I kinda figured this would happen. I tried again and the same thing happened. The third time was the charm. My body remembered what it had to do to keep the hoop spinning. I started out in my living room, but didn't have a lot of room to move so by Monday I decided to take my car out of the garage and practice out there. The extra room made a big difference but I still have a lot of practice to do. I can keep the hoop going while walking forward and usually backwards, but I struggle with walking side to side. Learning takes time and patience and I plan on enjoying the whole journey!